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    i've used the bloxygen before as it's really...

    i've used the bloxygen before as it's really convenient with the little straw. but it's nothing more than canned argon. i just point my tig torch into the can for a few seconds. the gas lens does a...
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    there's precious little metal left there in some...

    there's precious little metal left there in some spots. new metal has to be added so there's some strength. if welding is out of the question, maybe you could spot blast to get it good and clean, cut...
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    lens right, you're close. but i see those couple...

    lens right, you're close. but i see those couple of high spots as a pain in the rear. plus, you've got a few different materials you're sanding that have different rates of removal when sanding. 40...
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    i use .035 solid on most everything but sheet...

    i use .035 solid on most everything but sheet metal. heck, i even use it on sheet metal now and then. you just need to play with the volts and wire speed a little to tune it in. i don't have a welder...
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    tri coat colors in my opinion, require spray out...

    tri coat colors in my opinion, require spray out cards to fine tune the color before taking it to the vehicle. you have so many options for adjusting the color. light or dark primer, # of base coats,...
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    first post i see, welcome to the group. i like...

    first post i see, welcome to the group.
    i like the idea of epoxy before paint on the underside, just for the corrosion resistance.
    in fact, i'd probably epoxy the top side too. i'd do the epoxy...
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    the silvertip can build up just like you do with...

    the silvertip can build up just like you do with polyester resin. if you catch it at just the right time, you can lay it up with no abrading or cleaning. if you let it sit till fully cured it will...
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    look here for help deciding what cloth will work...

    look here for help deciding what cloth will work best.
    https://fiberglasswarehouse.com/blogs/news/choosing-between-fiberglass-cloth-and-chopped-strand-mat-fiberglass-mat

    also here, i buy from...
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    the only thing i'd like to contribute to the...

    the only thing i'd like to contribute to the conversation is that if you're going to glass it, use epoxy for laminating and glass cloth for strength. be careful choosing the epoxy so you don't have...
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    doing well Ron, but like you, i'm really busy....

    doing well Ron, but like you, i'm really busy. different stuff, but busy all the same.
    thanks for the explanation regarding the third member treatment, i totally get the welding upgrade for the...
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    i dig watching the progress too. it's always good...

    i dig watching the progress too. it's always good to see how other people think about problem solving. i'm not super familiar with this pumpkin and how it's assembled, but did you say, ron, that...
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    yep, nothing like cutting the ceiling apart so...

    yep, nothing like cutting the ceiling apart so you can rig some straps. it's not a bad solution really, i'd probably do the same thing. with the low ceiling there's no room for overhead structure,...
  13. typically 400 for solid colors, 600 for metallic....

    typically 400 for solid colors, 600 for metallic. door jambs have a lot of contours though so you might need to scuff with a scotch brite pad to cover the hard to sand areas. i usually use a red pad,...
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    well done, it looks like a solid repair.

    well done, it looks like a solid repair.
  15. Thread: Rookie errors

    by bmarler
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    you should probably cut off the tops of the runs...

    you should probably cut off the tops of the runs and let it cure some more. sometimes it can take a while for the inside of the run to cure since it's so thick. sand them about halfway off or maybe a...
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    big spots or just little cracks and crevices?...

    big spots or just little cracks and crevices? spot blast maybe? i'm just hesitant to paint without some sort of abrasion. if you have time, do a comparison test. two coupons, one sanded the other...
  17. Thread: Mixing cups

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    you should be careful doing that practice. once...

    you should be careful doing that practice. once epoxy starts it's reaction it will speed up any new material introduced into the container. sometimes it's not an issue, but if it's warm out, or the...
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    of course there will be orange peel. you're using...

    of course there will be orange peel. you're using a roller to apply it. did they (eastwood) imply it was going to be perfectly smooth?
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    any time you add a coating to the metal, (like...

    any time you add a coating to the metal, (like zinc or any other weld primer) it will effect the weld characteristics. either it mixes with the shielding gas as it vaporizes, or it insulates the...
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    we always called c25 "steel mix" maybe a regional...

    we always called c25 "steel mix" maybe a regional thing. straight argon for tig, or argon helium mix if you need more heat on you aluminum welding. never too old to learn right? that's why i try to...
  21. define "structural". panel bonding is widely...

    define "structural". panel bonding is widely practiced, and when properly done is a very good method for either construction or repair.
    every method of joining metal has it's pluses and minuses,...
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    shouldn't say practice "run" to a painter... i...

    shouldn't say practice "run" to a painter...
    i think the takeaway should be that when you have a problem, stop. fix the problem before moving on. i hate having to compensate for a gun problem, it...
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    i use c25 as well. never had any issues. i'm...

    i use c25 as well. never had any issues. i'm using .030 wire in mine and my volt settings are quite a bit lower than the ones listed. there were a lot of pictures, a few too many for me to really...
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    i haven't used that product before. i might have...

    i haven't used that product before. i might have to give it a try. you're right though, these coatings won't last like a good paint job would. however, they are a good alternative for someone who...
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    if you do much of that sort of thing you could...

    if you do much of that sort of thing you could invest in a small one or two roll masking dispenser. they automatically put tape on the paper for you as you spool the paper out. you can just tape the...
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    a lot of guys in detail shops use this stuff:...

    a lot of guys in detail shops use this stuff: https://stonercarcare.com/products/trim-shine
    it's cheap enough to give it a try and see if you like it before you go through the trouble to refinish....
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    i don't have a stud welder, so i use my tig torch...

    i don't have a stud welder, so i use my tig torch instead. same principle though, heat and cool a small area. it's amazing how effective it is. i do small groupings of spots, trying to be careful not...
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    Good point Phil, but in post number one he...

    Good point Phil, but in post number one he indicates itís for the hull sides of the boat. Thereís always fenders between the boat and the dock, but the fenders can make marks on lesser quality...
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    didn't notice this thread till this morning. is...

    didn't notice this thread till this morning. is it important to match the original paint color exactly?
    i'm not fully up to speed on what the rules are in canada as far as paint availability, but...
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    totally agree. too bad there's nobody near him...

    totally agree. too bad there's nobody near him that had one to try on it. i think it's worth a try to buy a new one, at least they're not horribly expensive.
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    are you running the guns air valve fully open?...

    are you running the guns air valve fully open? (by the air inlet)
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    ok, new gun on the way. probably a good call so...

    ok, new gun on the way. probably a good call so there's no issues with your project.
    every paint gun is a little different, but typically, the fan control comes out as an assembly. then there would...
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    terrific, that's what the forum is all about....

    terrific, that's what the forum is all about. it's always good to learn a little something.
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    logic tells me that there's basically only a...

    logic tells me that there's basically only a couple of places the problem could be. if we have already ruled out the air cap by rotating it 180 degrees with no pattern change, and rotated the needle...
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    i run mine at 30-ish. i have run it lower but...

    i run mine at 30-ish. i have run it lower but have not had pattern issues, just not quite as good a finish. it does require high flow fittings and a decent hose though.
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    glad to hear you're getting dialed in with the...

    glad to hear you're getting dialed in with the paint work.
    scotchbrite will not remove peel. it will lessen it to an extent, but to remove it entirely you need to block sand. it was mentioned to...
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    air horn is same as air cap. all those tiny holes...

    air horn is same as air cap. all those tiny holes are important too, so run some coper wire through them, or some monofilament, or what ever you have that won't damage the holes.
    how about the fan...
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    len is right, you can wash it. just steer clear...

    len is right, you can wash it. just steer clear of anything that has wax or silicone, or any kind of "polymer" additives. in fact, maybe just use dawn dish detergent on it. that's usually pretty safe.
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    are you just talking about keeping it clean while...

    are you just talking about keeping it clean while you drive it around this summer? or are you wanting to move toward painting? wax and grease remover is a good wipe for getting bug jerky off.
    you've...
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    sagola are finely machined spray guns. no plastic...

    sagola are finely machined spray guns. no plastic sealing rings means that the mating surfaces must be perfect. if rotating the fluid needle, or air cap doesn't change anything, disassemble again and...
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    the time to read the label is before you even buy...

    the time to read the label is before you even buy the paint. then you know if you need to buy hardener or not. any decent single stage, whether urethane or acrylic enamel, will need hardener for the...
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    if it were mine i'd block it by hand. it's the...

    if it were mine i'd block it by hand. it's the only way to keep it dead flat. you'll be back to the sealer coat in no time. i'd probably tape the body line and do it last.
  43. Thread: Hood prep?

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    good advice. no, great advice. there's just no...

    good advice. no, great advice. there's just no downside to covering the whole thing.
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    yeah, pushing through when it's not right can be...

    yeah, pushing through when it's not right can be a tough lesson to learn. we've all seen how that turns out.
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    i must have missed it when you said you used poly...

    i must have missed it when you said you used poly primer. i don't typically use it. i know ronf uses the optex and likes it, but that stuff is a little different that the others. not sure if you can...
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    smart decision to stop and regroup. what were the...

    smart decision to stop and regroup. what were the scratch marks like? you did 400 with guide coat, scratch marks should have been eliminated there. did you do the 600 wet? i probably would have guide...
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    i was hoping you might chime in on this seeing...

    i was hoping you might chime in on this seeing how this clear is your go-to. we don't know what the OP is starting with in regards to panel prep, but i assume it's pretty well prepared. i'm hoping...
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    that's just style. he's a detailing guy with a...

    that's just style. he's a detailing guy with a ton of throughput. he does what's currently fashionable, quick, and has a lot of eye candy. despite what he says, body shops are still using rotary...
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    i'd agree with that. there's definitely a point...

    i'd agree with that. there's definitely a point of diminishing return if you keep adding thinner.
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    i find the tech people will deviate from the tds...

    i find the tech people will deviate from the tds more often than not. they know their product and what to expect in the field. i find with enamel (and modified enamel), faster thinners dull the...
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